transitive verb
in·​car·​di·​nate | \ ə̇nˈkärdᵊnˌāt \

Definition of incardinate

1 : to adopt canonically or to receive formally (a cleric from another diocese)
2 : to elevate to the cardinalate

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History and Etymology for incardinate

Late Latin incardinatus, past participle of incardinare to ordain as chief priest, from Latin in- in- entry 2 + Late Latin cardinalis, adjective, principal

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“Incardinate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Dec. 2020.

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