Definition of abandoning
allow oneself to indulge in (a desire or impulse).
With their last hope of ever getting back their hard earned money blighted, they abandoned themselves to despair and thoughts of death.
cease to support or look after (someone); desert.
His mother abandoned him at the age of three and he never even knew his father.
give up completely (a course of action, a practice, or a way of thinking).
However, the company doesn't want to abandon the practice, and hopes new technology will improve the return on investment.