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I read this in an article about Captain Tom Moore:

WO1 Jamie Pearson, Regimental Sergeant Major of 1st Battalion The Yorkshire Regiment, congratulated Tom as he watched him cross the finish line.

"We class Captain Tom as one of our own, so it’s a fantastic honour to be here today to witness such an inspirational act from a phenomenal individual. Thank you Tom," he said.

1) What is the specific connotation and meaning of the verb 'class'? I can see obviously that the general idea is that the person considers Captain Tom to be part of the regiment, but I have never encountered this verb before. Is it short for 'classify'?

2) Is this army slang, or is the verb more widely used in British society? (Or, is it a Yorkshire word as this is about the Yorkshire regiment?)

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Yes, it's a shortened form of "classify". It's recognized in this dictionary definition:

American Heritage Dictionary "class"
transitive verb: To arrange, group, or rate according to qualities or characteristics; assign to a class; classify.

The sense is in Merriam-Webster dictionary as well.

It's not particularly military jargon. It's used in the U.S., and evidently Britain.

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    I don't agree that 'class' (verb) is merely a shortened form of 'classify'. Commented Apr 24, 2020 at 19:19

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