Meaning of encapsulate in English:


Pronunciation /ɪnˈkapsjʊleɪt/ /ɛnˈkapsjʊleɪt/


[with object]
  • 1Express the essential features of (something) succinctly.

    ‘the conclusion is encapsulated in one sentence’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘This encapsulates what young artists encountered in the 1990s, leaving me with terrific melancholy.’
    • ‘Particularly since each piece has been expertly selected to encapsulate the essence of its creator.’
    • ‘I can't think of a performance that encapsulated the essence of being dumped so vividly.’
    • ‘So yes, you've encapsulated the essence of this industry.’
    • ‘And finally, this one, which nicely encapsulates a certain type of far-left paranoia.’
    • ‘An excellent point which encapsulates all the reasons why he must be stopped.’
    • ‘His presence and delivery of the lines encapsulated all my expectations of how Macbeth would act.’
    • ‘Fortunately, there are three pieces that brilliantly encapsulate the Pleasure Dome experience.’
    • ‘The scene brilliantly encapsulates the humour and humanism at the heart of Rosenthal's work.’
    • ‘I think that encapsulates the true spirit of the proud sporting tradition of this country.’
    • ‘Her statement encapsulates the prevailing mood of optimism in this sprawling settlement.’
    • ‘Yet questions remain, encapsulated in one elegant paragraph in Butler's first chapter.’
    • ‘The crux of our submission in response, I suppose, is encapsulated in paragraph 20 of our written submissions.’
    • ‘It summarizes and encapsulates material drawn from the history of Western art.’
    • ‘There is a lovely simplicity about those five words; it would be almost impossible to encapsulate the aims of a great broadcasting organisation with more precision.’
    • ‘Instead, it has sent the school a letter encapsulating the inspectors' findings.’
    • ‘The Exhibition encapsulates the trials and tribulations of everyday life both at home and abroad.’
    summarize, sum up, give a summary of, precis, abridge, digest, abbreviate, condense, compress, compact, contract, telescope
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  • 2Enclose (something) in or as if in a capsule.

    ‘the company would encapsulate the asbestos waste in concrete pellets’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘In the module strategy, the IDE disks and controller are encapsulated in a small module or block so that they can be configured either alone on desktop or side-by-side in a rack for high density storage.’
    • ‘Each device is encapsulated in UL 94V - packaging and combines high-performance common mode noise rejection with an isolated level of 500V DC.’
    • ‘The semiconductor chip, the die pad, and the connection pads are encapsulated in a package body such that the lower surfaces of the die pad and the connection pads are exposed through the package body.’
    • ‘Together with the third stage of the rocket, it was encapsulated in a ‘can,’ then placed on a wheeled transporter for the 22-mile trip.’
    • ‘The preference in new paint shops is for valves that incorporate an encapsulated ball.’
    • ‘Previous clinical studies using high doses of encapsulated vitamin E suggested this vitamin has an important role in slowing disease progression. [81,82]’
    • ‘The capsule endoscopy procedure included attaching sensors to the skin, and use of a battery pack and a recorder placed around the patient's waist for eight hours after the encapsulated camera was swallowed.’
    • ‘Solaray has introduced its popular multiple Spectro as a three-daily tablet formula to complete its line of encapsulated, iron-free and vegetarian products.’
    • ‘Consume a supplemental source of probiotics, such as fresh yogurt or encapsulated Lactobacillus and Bifidus bacteria, every day.’
    • ‘Gross examination of the specimen showed an encapsulated mass that weighed 500g.’
    • ‘This series of alloys plays a very important role in both the lamp industry and electronics, where glass-to-metal seals in encapsulated components are important.’
    • ‘Dosages range from 1 gram of fresh or dried herb 3 times per day to 170 grams of encapsulated extract 3 times per day.’
    • ‘We therefore encapsulated hairpin ribozymes inside 200-nm vesicles to test for surface effects.’
    • ‘The encapsulated wasp egg then melanizes, a process most likely mediated by phenol oxidase released by crystal cells.’
    • ‘Glutamine is administered orally in bulk powder or in encapsulated form.’
    • ‘Also, include either yogurt or encapsulated probiotics in your daily diet.’
    • ‘Scientists are now developing an encapsulated form of vinegar that they hope will be just as effective as ordinary vinegar.’
    enclose, encase, contain, confine, envelop, enfold, sheath, cocoon, surround
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    1. 2.1Anatomy Medicine Enclose (an organ or structure of the body) in a tough sheath or membrane.
      ‘pancreatic tumours are encapsulated in a densely packed thicket of proteins and cells’
      as adjective encapsulated ‘encapsulated organs such as the kidneys’
  • 3Computing
    Enclose (a message or signal) in a set of codes that allow transfer across networks.

    ‘data requested is encapsulated and can be manipulated’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The Ethernet then is encapsulated into ATM, and it is ATM cells that traverse the ADSL link to the telco DSLAM.’
    • ‘RTP is a user-level protocol that provides a way to encapsulate data into packets time-stamped with enough information to allow the proper playback of audio.’
    1. 3.1Provide 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’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘OpenSSH and Stunnel provide handy point solutions when encapsulating more than a few specific applications is overkill.’
      • ‘It also encapsulates reading from the command line, so there is no real difference in invoking from HTML FORMS or a URL or the command line.’


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



/ɪnˈkapsjʊleɪt/ /ɛnˈkapsjʊleɪt/