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Choose the word which best expresses the meaning of the bold part of the sentence:
The claims of students look hollow when they Attribute their poor performance to the difficulty of the examination.
A. Inundate
B. Inhere
C. Impute
D. Infer

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Last updated date: 20th Jun 2024
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Hint: Synonyms are the words that have the same or similar meaning and to avoid repetition synonyms are used. For example: the synonym of beautiful is pretty and adorable.

Complete answer:
We must find the meaning of Attribute and the meaning of words that are given in the options. And both the words should have the same meaning or the exact sense.
The meaning of Attribute is regard something as being caused by. And we must find the correct answer from the options given whose meaning is same as of chagrined.

Option A) Inundate – Is an incorrect answer because ‘Inundate' means 'overwhelm (someone) with things or people to be dealt with'. And this is not the synonym of the italicized word Attribute because their meanings are not the same. Thus, this is an incorrect answer.

Option B) Inhere – Is an incorrect answer because 'Inhere' means 'exist essentially or permanently in'. And this is not the synonym of the italicized word Attribute because their meanings are not the same. Thus, this is an incorrect answer.

Option C) Ipmute – 'Attribute' means 'regard something as the result of a particular thing’. ‘Impute' means 'to say that something or someone is responsible for/the cause of something that has happened'. This word means the same as the given italicized word. Hence option C is correct.

Option D) Infer – is an incorrect answer 'Infer' means 'conclude from evidence and reasoning'. These words do not mean the same as the given word 'Attribute'. Thus, this is an incorrect answer.

Hence, the correct answer is Option ‘C’.

Note:Synonyms are the words that have the same or similar meaning i.e. synonym of Attribute is impute. So, the most appropriate answer is Option C and antonym are the words that are opposite in meaning and the antonym of attribute is disbelief, mistrust. Thus, Option C is the correct answer and other options are wrong.