Definition of encapsulate in English:

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Pronunciation: /ɪnˈkapsjʊleɪt/
Pronunciation: /ɛnˈkapsjʊleɪt/


[with object]
1Enclose (something) in or as if in a capsule: the company would encapsulate the asbestos waste in concrete pellets
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  • The cleanup of the asbestos will involve sealing and encapsulating the roof.
  • However, many old acoustic ceilings have been painted, thereby encapsulating the asbestos-containing material and rendering it waterproof.
  • Liposomes encapsulating G-actin assumed mostly thin disk shapes and some large irregularly shaped aggregates.
enclose, encase, contain, confine, envelop, enfold, sheath, cocoon, surround
1.1 Computing Enclose (a message or signal) in a set of codes which allow transfer across networks: data requested is encapsulated and can be manipulated
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  • There are typically iSCSI stacks on both ends of a storage network configuration that encapsulate SCSI block commands into Ethernet packets for transmission over the IP network.
  • VoiceXML, for example, allows voice-based content to be described by XML, encapsulating the data concerning the content.
  • For digital wrappers, the switch uses a 2.7 - Gbps signal for encapsulating SONET frames.
1.2 Computing Provide an interface for (a piece of software or hardware) to allow or simplify access for the user: third-party vendors can encapsulate their tools to run with this software backplane
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  • The workflow solution encapsulates system interfaces and normalizes host data to create a 360 degree view of the customer.
  • The business logic encapsulated in the software to run manufacturing businesses has become much more sophisticated than what it used to be, he says, yet the implementation time is much shorter, as well.
  • These conveniently handle all of the JDBC interaction for me and cleanly encapsulate all the database queries my application has to perform.
2Express the essential features of (something) succinctly: the conclusion is encapsulated in one sentence
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  • The dimensions of this problem are encapsulated in the first sentence of the book: ‘Berlin is a haunted city.’
  • In these few words he neatly encapsulates an underlying principle of the Alexander Technique.
  • I do not myself consider that the Strasbourg jurisprudence can be so neatly encapsulated.
summarize, sum up, give a summary of, precis, abridge, digest, abbreviate, condense, compress, compact, contract, telescope;
capture, express, record, sketch, give the gist of, give the main points of, put in a nutshell
rare epitomize, capsulize


Late 19th century (also as incapsulate): from en-1, in-2 'into' + Latin capsula (see capsule).

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