I am looking for a short way to say that I wish and (simultaneously) make efforts / prepare to achieve something, however, so far I have come up only with candidate phrases which express just one of the two meanings:

1) "wish" group: anticipate, look forward to, hope to...

2) "prepare" group: work upon, strive to, pursue...

My last guess was the phrasal verb look towards, which initially seemed to me like an amalgam of look forward and strive to, however, Uncle Google disagrees with this assumption.

Thereby, I'm now left with no more ideas and would like to ask you for any proposals :)

Edit: A scenario, where one would need to use a verb with the above meaning, is for instance when wish to relocate to a new town and need to find a place to settle in:

Hey, Renting Agency, I am from Boston and _______ to move* to New York (however, still haven't done it). Could you offer me a vacant accommodation there?

*If necessary, substitute with the gerund "moving".

  • Can you add some example sentences please? Jul 5, 2016 at 14:19
  • Yeah, sure. I added one as an edit to my post
    – Newbie
    Jul 5, 2016 at 14:34
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    need seems to work quite well in your sentence.
    – Jim
    Jul 5, 2016 at 14:36
  • Sorry - bad example. I gave another one.
    – Newbie
    Jul 5, 2016 at 14:45
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    In your new sentence, am as in, “I am from Boston and am [shortly] moving to NY...” I think you are overthinking this.
    – Jim
    Jul 5, 2016 at 14:57

2 Answers 2


An action you intend to undertake is a

Plan (M-W)

something that a person intends to do

The example sentence would read

Hey, sir, I am from Boston and plan to move to New York (however, still haven't done it). I need a job for this purpose. Could you offer me one?

  • Oh, I totally forgot about this option. Thanks. The only thing, which (in my opinion) requires some change, is the tense - present continuous better reflects the fact that you are working upon the goal you plan to achieve.
    – Newbie
    Jul 5, 2016 at 15:06

Even though you ruled it out, strive actually best combines both the meanings you are seeking. When you strive towards something, you both desire it and are working to achieve it. You wouldn't use either in the case you only wished it (but were not working towards it) or were only working for it (but didn't wish it).

"I am from Boston and am striving to move to New York"

to make strenuous efforts toward any goal:

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