What's the meaning of 'take' in "to take a wide variety of forms"?

Does it simply mean 'to have', or maybe 'to include'?

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To take form means to come to have [a] form.

Merriam-Webster "take form"

to begin to develop : to start to exist or be seen
a political movement that first took form in the 1960s
The new stadium is gradually taking form.

In your example, it may mean about the same as "have", but no context is supplied.

The OP's comment supplies this context:
"... doctors sometimes prescribe hormonal treatments, which take a wide variety of forms."

In that example, "take" is equivalent to "have", because the treatments are all established things.


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