Definition of clone verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    clone

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//kləʊn//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//kloʊn//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they clone
    BrE BrE//kləʊn//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//kloʊn//
     
    he / she / it clones
    BrE BrE//kləʊnz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//kloʊnz//
     
    past simple cloned
    BrE BrE//kləʊnd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//kloʊnd//
     
    past participle cloned
    BrE BrE//kləʊnd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//kloʊnd//
     
    -ing form cloning
    BrE BrE//ˈkləʊnɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈkloʊnɪŋ//
     
    Genetic engineering, Cell biology
     
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  1. 1clone something to produce an exact copy of an animal or a plant from its cells A team from the UK were the first to successfully clone an animal. Dolly, the cloned sheep See related entries: Genetic engineering, Cell biology
  2. 2clone something to illegally make an electronic copy of stored information from a person’s credit card or mobile/cell phone so that you can make payments or phone calls but the owner of the card or phone receives the bill
  3. Word Origin early 20th cent.: from Greek klōn ‘twig’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: clone

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