[en-kap-suh-leyt, -syoo-]

verb (used with object), en·cap·su·lat·ed, en·cap·su·lat·ing.

to place in or as if in a capsule.
to summarize or condense.

verb (used without object), en·cap·su·lat·ed, en·cap·su·lat·ing.

to become enclosed in or as if in a capsule.

Origin of encapsulate

First recorded in 1860–65; en-1 + capsulate
Related formsen·cap·su·la·tion, noun
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Examples from the Web for encapsulate

Contemporary Examples of encapsulate

  • This week, books that encapsulate the enthusiasm of youth and the battered truth of age, from Danielewski to Daniel Mendelsohn.

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    This Week’s Hot Reads: Oct. 7, 2012

    Nicholas Mancusi

    October 7, 2012

  • This Noah Smith post on poverty in Japan seems to encapsulate it pretty well.

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    What Does it Mean to Be Poor?

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    September 17, 2012

British Dictionary definitions for encapsulate




to enclose or be enclosed in or as if in a capsule
(tr) to sum up in a short or concise form; condense; abridge
Derived Formsencapsulation or incapsulation, noun
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Word Origin and History for encapsulate

1874, from en- (1) "make, put in" + capsulate (see capsule). Related: Encapsulated; encapsulating.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

encapsulate in Medicine




To form a capsule or sheath around.
To become encapsulated.
Related formsen•cap′su•lation n.
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