[ en-kap-suh-leyt, -syoo- ]
/ ɛnˈkæp səˌleɪt, -syʊ- /

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.

Nearby words

  1. encage,
  2. encamp,
  3. encamped,
  4. encampment,
  5. encapsulant,
  6. encapsulation,
  7. encapsule,
  8. encarnación,
  9. encarnalize,
  10. encarpus

Origin of encapsulate

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

Related formsen·cap·su·la·tion, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for encapsulated



/ (ɪnˈkæpsjʊˌleɪt) /


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 encapsulated



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

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Medicine definitions for encapsulated


[ ĕn-kăpsə-lāt′ ]


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

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