from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To encase in or as if in a capsule.
  • transitive v. To express in a brief summary; epitomize: headlines that encapsulate the news.
  • intransitive v. To become encapsulated.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To inclose in a capsule.

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

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


From en- + capsule + -ate. (Wiktionary)



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