Definition of encapsulate in English:

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Pronunciation: /inˈkapsəˌlāt/
Pronunciation: /enˈkapsəˌlāt/


[with object]
1Enclose (something) in or as if in a capsule.
Example sentences
  • 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, envelop, enfold, sheathe, cocoon, surround
1.1Express the essential features of (someone or something) succinctly: the conclusion is encapsulated in one sentence
More example sentences
  • 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 the gist of, put in a nutshell;
capture, express
1.2 Computing Enclose (a message or signal) in a set of codes that allow use by or transfer through different computer systems or networks.
Example sentences
  • 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.
1.3 Computing Provide an interface for (a piece of software or hardware) to allow or simplify access for the user.
Example sentences
  • 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.
1.4 (as adjective encapsulated) Enclosed by a protective coating or membrane.
Example sentences
  • Given that the pH is low enough, these liposomes will undergo a phase transition to inverted lipid phase and presumably release encapsulated material during this process.
  • Low-power microscopy revealed an encapsulated tumor with low cellularity and a variably loose stroma.
  • Evidently, encapsulated ribozymes are not accessible to extravesicular ions.


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

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Syllabification: en·cap·su·late

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