1. summarize the most important facts or ideas of something
encapsulates the main aims of the project, encapsulates our core values
To 'encapsulate' something means to express its main idea, theme, or quality in a brief and clear way. It is essentially a quick summary that captures the essence of something. A good way to remember how to use this word is to think of having to fit something into a capsule. To make it fit you would have to condense it down to its most important parts. 'Encapsulate' can be used in a social or professional context, but because the word is quite formal it is more likely to be heard in a business environment rather than in everyday conversation. Phrases with a similar meaning include 'to sum up,' and 'boil(s) down to.'