from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • intransitive verb To encase in or as if in a capsule.
  • intransitive verb To express in a brief summary; epitomize.
  • intransitive verb To become encapsulated.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • To inclose in a capsule.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • verb transitive To cover something as if in a capsule.
  • verb transitive To epitomize something by expressing it as a brief summary.
  • verb software To enclose objects in a common interface in a way that makes them interchangeable, and guards their states from invalid changes.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • verb enclose in a capsule or other small container
  • verb put in a short or concise form; reduce in volume


from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From en- + capsule + -ate.


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