Meaning of “clone” in the English Dictionary

"clone" in British English

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clonenoun [ C ]

uk /kləʊn/ us /kloʊn/

a plant or animal that has the same genes as the original from which it was produced

informal disapproving someone or something that looks very much like someone or something else:

Most people saw her as just another blond-haired, red-lipped Marilyn Monroe clone.

specialized computing a computer that operates in a very similar way to the one that it was copied from

cloneverb [ T ]

uk /kləʊn/ us /kloʊn/
cloning
noun [ U ] uk /ˈkləʊ.nɪŋ/ us /ˈkloʊ.nɪŋ/

animal/human cloning

(Definition of “clone” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"clone" in American English

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clonenoun [ C ]

us /kloʊn/

biology a cell or organism that has the exact same chemical patterns in its cells as the original from which it was artificially produced

cloneverb [ T ]

us /kloʊn/

to produce a clone

(Definition of “clone” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"clone" in Business English

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clonenoun [ C ]

uk /kləʊn/ us

PRODUCTION a product that is very similar to another one that it was copied from:

The doll was created as a cheap Barbie clone.

IT a computer that operates in a very similar way to the one that it was copied from:

His competitive pricing helped launch the IBM-PC clone industry during the 1980s.

cloneverb [ T ]

uk /kləʊn/ us

PRODUCTION to create a product that is very similar to another one:

The idea was pioneered by Freemarket, and cloned by countless others.

to create an illegal copy of something such as a credit card:

The card is then cloned and cash taken from the victim's account.

(Definition of “clone” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)