I was wondering if there was a singular word that says "this will be constructed ( but it isn't constructed right now )". Is there such a word?

-- not too sure about whether it is transitive or not, but it would be used to describe something like "[to be built of bricks wall]" or "[to be built of Lego] house".

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    "Laid out a blueprint for" could work. I can't think of a singular word. "Blueprinted" is apparently a word, but is awkward and I would hesitate using it.
    – njboot
    May 21, 2014 at 4:23
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    @user2238698 Could you specify if you're looking for a transitive or intransitive verb?
    – Elian
    May 21, 2014 at 5:01
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    "In the works," more colloquially, is also a term that would work well. "The building project is in the works."
    – njboot
    May 21, 2014 at 5:32
  • "planned" is the usual closest in most real estate markets
    – Fattie
    May 21, 2014 at 7:11
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    Pending means "to be done/created". It's not so often used for construction since it's less specific about what stage the construction is at than "proposed", "planned", "scheduled" etc, but it is sometimes, e.g. this article: "The prospects appear dim for a Milton gas station that’s being cut off from passing traffic by the pending Highway 26 bypass" May 21, 2014 at 10:16

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Planned fits.

Plan (verb) - to intend or expect to do.

The planned bridge will have four lanes.

  • I deleted my answer of planned. It would be better to give a source or a link for your definition.
    – JLG
    May 21, 2014 at 13:08

Consider slated.

The bridge is slated for construction starting February 1.

slate: to plan or designate (something) for a particular place and time; schedule.


I would say scheduled. It gets rid of some of the ambiguity of when.

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    "Scheduled" suggests a definite timetable, which might not be the case. May 21, 2014 at 13:34
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    @DavidRicherby - man I think you have nailed the definition of scheduled. Good insight. May 21, 2014 at 13:38

The projected bridge will be one-way, but no one knows why.


A building under construction or under development can be used to convey your meaning.

  • I like the latter term better, as it implies a project that isn't necessarily in motion, rather than one that is already ongoing.
    – njboot
    May 21, 2014 at 4:24
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    But this means that it is already being built. Something is under construction once they start working on it. May 21, 2014 at 4:54
  • It is not clear what OP is looking for, all suggested forms may fit in my opinion unless more details are given.
    – user66974
    May 21, 2014 at 5:04
  • @Elian "under development" works in regards to something "that will be built." "Though it's not set in stone, the plan is under development." It may not be the best of the whole lot, but it's definitely a viable option.
    – njboot
    May 21, 2014 at 5:26
  • @njboot OP should clarify what he actually wants. "Under development" is not a single word nor an intransitive verb for "to be built." My primary answer sticked with what the OP "seems" to be looking for.
    – Elian
    May 21, 2014 at 5:41

Prospective and future also work.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​


I would say it depends on the amount of pre-work you want to imply. "Scheduled" seems to imply more has been done than "Planned". "Proposed" implies even less, just that it's been thought of and mentioned, whereas "Envisioned" seems to require the minimum pre-work, i.e. only that someone thought about building it, (anything less would probably preclude the "to be" in "to be built"), so I'd go with "Envisioned" if I had no other information or intent.


Pending works well here.

: not yet decided or acted on

: happening or likely to happen soon

source: http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pending

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