- The definition of brain drain refers to a situation where all or the majority of intelligent, skilled or capable resources within a given field or geographic region leave the area because of various factors including lack of high paying jobs.
An example of brain drain is when almost all people who are highly educated but who live in a third-world country find jobs in the US and leave their home country.
brain drain definition by Webster's New World
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Informal depletion of the intellectual or professional resources of a country, region, etc., esp. through emigration
brain drain definition by American Heritage Dictionary
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The loss of skilled intellectual and technical labor through the movement of such labor to more favorable geographic, economic, or professional environments.
- brainˈ-drainˌ verb
brain drain - Business Definition
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The loss of skilled and educated people to other countries or geographic areas. A brain drain may occur for political reasons or because of better economic opportunities.
brain drain - Phrases/Idioms
The departure of educated or talented persons for better pay or jobs elsewhere, as in The repression of free speech in Germany triggered a brain drain to Britain and America. The term originated about 1960, when many British scientists and intellectuals emigrated to the United States for a better working climate.