verb (used with object), in·car·di·nat·ed, in·car·di·nat·ing.
  1. to institute as a cardinal.
  2. to institute as chief presbyter or priest in a particular church or place.

Origin of incardinate

1600–10; < Medieval Latin incardinātus past participle of incardināre to appoint, to make a cardinal, equivalent to in in-2 + cardin- (see cardinal) + -ātus -ate1
Related formsin·car·di·na·tion, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

British Dictionary definitions for incardination


  1. the official acceptance by one diocese of a clergyman from another diocese
  2. the promotion of a clergyman to the status of a cardinal


  1. (tr) RC Church to transfer (a cleric) to the jurisdiction of a new bishop

Word Origin for incardinate

C17: from Late Latin incardināre, from in- ² + cardinālis cardinal
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