Is there any phrase like "with the idea of"

with the idea of reducing the complexities, we introduce an added smoothing step.

I was googling to find example usages, but couldn't. so please any one give some alternatives if this phrase is not valid.

some synonim phrases are also welcome to learn. thanks

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    There's nothing wrong with with the idea of but you could also use in the name of or with the aim of. With a little reformulating you can say things like in order to or so that we can – Jim Nov 21 '12 at 20:31
  • I'm curious as to what Google queries you ran when you tried to find examples (that might save me from making the same fruitless searches). Also, given that this is a site for serious language enthusiasts, while you're amending your question, you might want to use proper capitalization, too, and maybe even copy-and-paste your question into some application that will do some spell checking for you. – J.R. Nov 21 '12 at 20:32
  • @J.R.: nothing special... simply by typing in Google " usage of with the idea of". – gnp Nov 21 '12 at 20:50
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    To reduce the complexities, we introduce an added smoothing step. If you're not certain that this will work, use hedging: In an attempt to reduce the complexities, we introduce an added smoothing step. – Edwin Ashworth Nov 21 '12 at 21:46
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    @Edwin Ashworth: I think you're right - plain "to" is by far the best alternative. Anything else is just pointless verbal padding. – FumbleFingers Nov 21 '12 at 22:09

You could say:

With an eye toward reducing complexities, we added a smoothing step.

In this case, with an eye toward means "for the purposes of."

Merriam-Webster defines "with an eye toward" or "with an eye to" as:

  1. with awareness or contemplation of - with an eye to the future
  2. with the object of - built the house with an eye to adding on later

Here are a couple of links showing the phrase being used:

Prizes With an Eye Toward the Future

Documenting Social Ills With an Eye Toward Advocacy


I suppose you are looking for familiar as opposed to contrived phrases...

  • with the view to

  • after a fashion...

  • with similar purpose as/of

  • accordingly as

  • (and such depending...)

Is it just that you are trying to avoid phrase repetition? Just curious.

  • of course, i want to avoid repetition too – gnp Nov 21 '12 at 20:48
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    Apart from with the view to (which in fact is invariably with a view to), I don't think any of these alternatives could be used in OP's context. In fact, I think most of them couldn't be used in any context, since they're not "standard English". – FumbleFingers Nov 21 '12 at 22:05
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    @TimLymington: The daft thing is I would have upvoted this one when I read the first suggestion (and leave a comment pointing out that "a" is more common than "the"). But the baby went out with the bathwater, I'm afraid. – FumbleFingers Nov 21 '12 at 22:14
  • @FumbleFingers: ha haa..didnt get ur last saying – gnp Nov 21 '12 at 22:36
  • @niro: Perhaps we English speakers don't see things the same as the rest of the world. To us, the baby is what you want to keep, and the (dirty) bathwater is what you want to throw away. It's generally considered a bad thing if Your baby has gone down the plug hole. – FumbleFingers Nov 21 '12 at 22:52

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