brain drain


Definition of brain drain

: the departure of educated or professional people from one country, economic sector, or field for another usually for better pay or living conditions

Examples of brain drain in a Sentence

Nothing has been done to stop the brain drain as more and more doctors move away from the area.
Recent Examples on the Web Employment nearly doubled to two million, and the brain drain of the 1970s and 1980s reversed. The Editorial Board, WSJ, 27 May 2021 Doctors began joining Iran’s long-running brain drain in earnest during the hardline 2005-13 presidency of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Karen Kaplan Science And Medicine Editor, Los Angeles Times, 24 May 2021 This is a huge brain drain that may cost the economy. Avivah Wittenberg-cox, Forbes, 23 May 2021 But now, New York’s state government has killed the program, which scientists fear will slow research progress and cause a brain drain to other states and countries. Sofia Moutinho, Science | AAAS, 16 Apr. 2021 Not lost on Duong is part of the point of Bright Futures is to prevent brain drain and keep the state’s smartest students home. NBC News, 7 Apr. 2021 In my early childhood, everyone seemed to agree that the city was dying around us—another victim of deindustrialization and globalization and a general brain drain, the factories gone forever and talented young people fleeing for greener pastures. Scott W. Stern, The New Republic, 31 Mar. 2021 No organization can afford a brain drain right now. Meghan M. Biro, Forbes, 1 Mar. 2021 The University of Alabama threw so much money at so many students around the country that the Illinois legislature had to create a special $25 million fund to stem the teenage brain drain to places like Tuscaloosa. New York Times, 23 Jan. 2021

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First Known Use of brain drain

1960, in the meaning defined above

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4 Jun 2021

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“Brain drain.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of brain drain

: a situation in which many educated or professional people leave a particular place or profession and move to another one that gives them better pay or living conditions


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