[ en-kap-suh-leyt, -syoo- ]
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verb (used with object),en·cap·su·lat·ed, en·cap·su·lat·ing.
  1. to place in or as if in a capsule.

  2. to summarize or condense.

verb (used without object),en·cap·su·lat·ed, en·cap·su·lat·ing.
  1. to become enclosed in or as if in a capsule.

Origin of encapsulate

First recorded in 1860–65; en-1 + capsulate

Other words from encapsulate

  • en·cap·su·la·tion [en-kap-suh-ley-shuhn, -syoo-], /ɛnˌkæp səˈleɪ ʃən, -syʊ-/, noun

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How to use encapsulate in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for encapsulate



/ (ɪnˈkæpsjʊˌleɪt) /

  1. to enclose or be enclosed in or as if in a capsule

  2. (tr) to sum up in a short or concise form; condense; abridge

Derived forms of encapsulate

  • encapsulation or incapsulation, noun

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