Clone Method

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Creates a new object that is a copy of the current instance.

Namespace:  System
Assembly:  mscorlib (in mscorlib.dll)

Object Clone()

Return Value

Type: System..::..Object
A new object that is a copy of this instance.

Clone can be implemented either as a deep copy or a shallow copy. In a deep copy, all objects are duplicated; whereas, in a shallow copy, only the top-level objects are duplicated and the lower levels contain references.

The resulting clone must be of the same type as or a compatible type to the original instance.

See MemberwiseClone for more information on cloning, deep vs. shallow copies, and examples.

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