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= Operator (C# Reference)

The assignment operator (=) stores the value of its right-hand operand in the storage location, property, or indexer denoted by its left-hand operand and returns the value as its result. The operands must be of the same type (or the right-hand operand must be implicitly convertible to the type of the left-hand operand).

The assignment operator cannot be overloaded. However, you can define implicit conversion operators for a type, which enable you to use the assignment operator with those types. For more information, see Using Conversion Operators (C# Programming Guide).

class Assignment
{
    static void Main()
    {
        double x;
        int i;
        i = 5; // int to int assignment
        x = i; // implicit conversion from int to double
        i = (int)x; // needs cast
        Console.WriteLine("i is {0}, x is {1}", i, x);
        object obj = i;
        Console.WriteLine("boxed value = {0}, type is {1}",
                  obj, obj.GetType());
        i = (int)obj;
        Console.WriteLine("unboxed: {0}", i);
    }
}
/*
Output:
i is 5, x is 5
boxed value = 5, type is System.Int32
unboxed: 5
 */

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